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James Ehnes
Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos.6 & 9 'Kreutzer'

 

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LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770–1827)

Violin Sonata No.9 in A op.47 ‘Kreutzer’
1 Adagio sostenuto 13.43
2 Andante con variazioni 16.07
3 Finale: Presto 8.23

Violin Sonata No.6 in A op.30/1
4 Allegro 7.54
5 Adagio molto espressivo 7.23
6 Allegretto con variazioni 8.16

Total timing: 61.57

James Ehnes violin
Andrew Armstrong piano

 

James Ehnes
Beethoven Violin Concerto

 

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LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)

VIOLIN CONCERTO in D major op61
1 i Allegro ma non troppo* 23.24
2 ii Larghetto 9.40
3 iii Rondo*: Allegro 9.52

*Cadenzas by Fritz Kreisler

4 ROMANCE No.1 in G major for violin & orchestra op40 6.40

5 ROMANCE No.2 in F major for violin & orchestra op50 8.08

FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797-1828)

6 Rondo in A major for violin & orchestra D438 13.33
Adagio – Allegro giusto

Total timing: 71.21

James Ehnes violin
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrew Manze conductor

 

James Ehnes
Mozart: The Complete Violin Concertos

 

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Violin Concerto No.1 in B flat major K207
1. Allegro moderato 7.16
2. Adagio 8.38
3. Presto 5.31

Violin Concerto No.2 in D major K211
4. Allegro moderato 8.54
5. Andante 7.47
6. Rondeau – Allegro 4.39

7. Adagio in E major K261 8.27
8. Rondo in B flat major K269 (K261a) 7.17
9. Rondo in C major K373 5.53

Total 64.57

Violin Concerto No.3 in G major K216
10. Allegro 9.26
11. Adagio 8.28
12. Rondeau – Allegro 6.34

Violin Concerto No.4 in D major K218
13. Allegro 8.55
14. Andante cantabile 7.34
15. Rondeau – Andante grazioso 7.10

Violin Concerto No.5 in A major K219 ‘Turkish’
16. Allegro aperto 10.04
17. Adagio 10.48
18. Rondeau – tempo di Menuetto 8.27

Total 78.14

Cadenzas: James Ehnes

 

James Ehnes
Elgar/Debussy/Respighi

 

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CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862–1918)
Violin Sonata in G minor L.140
1 I Allegro vivo 4.41
2 II Intermède: Fantasque et léger 4.10
3 III Finale: Très animé 4.22

EDWARD ELGAR (1857–1934)
Violin Sonata in E minor op.82
4 I Allegro. Risoluto 8.31
5 II Romance. Andante 8.28
6 III Allegro non troppo 9.19

OTTORINO RESPIGHI (1879–1936)
Violin Sonata in B minor P.110
7 I Moderato 9.30
8 II Andante espressivo 9.03
9 III Allegro moderato ma energico 7.33

JEAN SIBELIUS (1865–1957)
10 Berceuse op.79/6 2.44

Total timing 68.56

 

James Ehnes
Franck & Strauss: Violin Sonatas

 

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CÉSAR FRANCK (1822–1890)
Violin Sonata in A

Violinsonate A-dur · Sonate pour violon et piano en la majeur

1 I Allegretto ben moderato 6.06
2 II Allegro 7.54
3 III Ben moderato: Recitative-Fantasia 7.35
4 IV Allegretto poco mosso 6.19

RICHARD STRAUSS (1864–1949)
Violin Sonata in E flat op.18

Violinsonate Es-dur · Sonate pour violon et piano en mi bémol majeur

5 I Allegro, ma non troppo 11.19
6 II Improvisation: Andante cantabile 8.34
7 III Finale: Andante – Allegro 9.00

8 Allegretto in E AV149 E-dur · en mi majeur 1.19

9 Wiegenlied op.41 no.1 4.22

10 Waldseligkeit op.49 no.1 2.59

11 Morgen! op.27 no.4 3.51

Total timing: 69.39

James Ehnes violin
Andrew Armstrong
piano

 

James Ehnes
Vivaldi The Four Seasons

 

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Giuseppe Tartini (1692–1770) arr. Fritz Kreisler (1875–1962)*
Violin Sonata ‘Il trillo del diavolo’ in G minor B.g5
1. I Larghetto 3.48
2. II Allegro energico 4.22
3. III Grave – Allegro assai 8.26

Jean-Marie Leclair (1697 –1764)*
Violin Sonata ‘Tambourin’ in D op9/3
4. I Un poco andante 4.13
5. II Allegro 2.08
6. III Sarabanda: Largo 2.57
7. IV Presto 4.03

Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741) **
Violin Concertos ‘Il Cimento dell’Armonia e dell’Inventione’ op8/
1–4 ‘Le Quattro Stagione’
(The Four Seasons/Die vier Jahreseiten/Les Quatre Saisons)

Concerto in E ‘La Primavera’ (Spring/Der Frühling/Le Printemps)
8. I Allegro 4.19
9. II Largo e pianissimo sempre 2.35
10. III Danza pastoral. Allegro 4.19

Concerto in G minor ‘L’Estate’ (Summer/Der Sommer/L’Eté)
11. I Allegro non molto 5.52
12. II Adagio – Presto 2.27
13. III Presto 2.39

Concerto in F ‘L’Autunno’ (Autumn/Der Herbst/L’Automne)
14 I Allegro 5.05
15 II Adagio molto 2.14
16 III Allegro 3.31

Concerto in F minor ‘L’Inverno’ (Winter/Der Winter/L’Hiver)
17. I Allegro con molto 3.13
18. II Largo 2.05
19. III Al legro 3.18

Total timing: 71.13

James Ehnes violin · Andrew Armstrong piano*
Sydney Symphony **

 

James Ehnes
American Chamber Music

 

ONYX4129

1 I Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso – Allegro con spirito 20.25

AARON COPLAND (1900–1900)
Violin Sonata (1942–3)
1 I Andante semplice 7.04
2 II Lento – 4.38
3 III Allegretto giusto 6.25

CHARLES IVES (1874–1954)
4 Largo for violin, clarinet and piano 5.20

LEONARD BERNSTEIN (1918–1990)
Piano Trio (1937)
5 I Adagio non troppo – Più mosso – Allegro vivace 7.13
6 II Tempo di marcia 3.29
7 III Largo – Allegro vivo et molto ritmico 4.47

ELLIOTT CARTER (1908–2012)
8 Elegy for viola and piano 4.27

SAMUEL BARBER (1910–1981)
Piano Trio in B minor op.11
9 I Molto allegro e appassionato 7.50
10 II Molto adagio – 7.34
11 III Molto allegro (come prima) 2.28

Total timing: 61.53

James Ehnes violin · Orion Weiss piano (Copland)
Erin Keefe violin · Ricardo Morales clarinet · Anna Polonsky piano (Ives)
  Adam Neiman piano · Stefan Jackiw violin · Amit Peled cello (Bernstein)
Richard O’Neill viola · Anna Polonsky piano (Carter)
Ehnes Quartet (Barber)
James Ehnes, Amy Schwartz Moretti violins · 
Richard O’Neill viola · Robert deMaine cello

 

James Ehnes
Khachaturian / Shostakovich

 

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ARAM KHACHATURIAN (1903–1978)

Violin Concerto (1940)
Violinkonzert · Concerto pour violon
1 I Allegro con fermezza 15.28
2 II Andante sostenuto 12.30
3 III Allegro vivace 9.51

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH (1906–1975)

String Quartet no.7 in F sharp minor op.108
Streichquartett Nr. 7 fis-moll · Quatuor à cordes no7 en fa dièse mineur
4 I Allegro – 3.38
5 II Lento – 2.52
6 III Allegro – Allegretto – [Adagio] 5.15

String Quartet no.8 in C minor op.110
Streichquartett Nr. 8 c-moll · Quatuor à cordes no8 en ut mineur
7 I Largo – 4.25
8 II Allegro molto – 2.46
9 III Allegretto – 4.32
10 IV Largo – 4.29
11 V Largo 3.38

Total timing: 69.36

James Ehnes violin
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Mark Wigglesworth
Ehnes Quartet

 

James Ehnes
Britten & Shostakovich

 

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BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1913–1976)
Violin Concerto op.15
Violinkonzert op. 15 · Concerto pour violon op.15
1 I Moderato con moto 9.57
2 II Vivace – Cadenza – 8.24
3 III Passacaglia: Andante lento (Un poco meno mosso) 12.53
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH (1906–1975)
Violin Concerto no.1 in A minor op.77
Violinkonzert Nr. 1 a-moll op. 77
Concerto pour violon no1 en la mineur op.77
4 I Nocturne: Moderato 11.18
5 II Scherzo: Allegro 6.21
6 III Passacaglia: Andante 8.29
7 Cadenza 5.03
8 IV Burlesque: Allegro con brio – Presto 4.40

Total timing: 66.56
James Ehnes violin
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Kirill Karabits

 

James Ehnes
Tchaikovsky

 

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PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840–1893)
Violin Concerto in D op.35
Allegro moderato    18.28
Canzonetta: Andante    5.58
Finale: Allegro vivacissimo    10.02

Sérénade mélancolique op.26    9.16

Valse-scherzo for violin and orchestra in C op.34    8.58

Souvenir d’un lieu cher op.42
Méditation 9.27
Scherzo 3.28
Mélodie 3.52

Total timing:    69.43

 

James Ehnes
Mendelssohn

 

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FELIX MENDELSSOHN (1809–1847)
 
Violin Concerto in E minor op.64
1 I Allegro molto appassionato 12.45
2 II Andante 8.16
3 III Allegretto non troppo – Allegro molto vivace 5.35
James Ehnes violin
Philharmonia Orchestra
Vladimir Ashkenazy
 
Octet in E flat op.20
4 I Allegro moderato ma con fuoco 13.49
5 II Andante 6.31
6 III Scherzo 4.29
7 IV Presto 5.53
 
Musicians of the Seattle Chamber Music Society
James Ehnes · Erin Keefe · Andrew Wan · Augustin Hadelich violins
Cynthia Phelps · Richard O’Neill violas Robert deMaine · Edward Arron cellos

Total timing: 57.31

 

James Ehnes
Paganini 24 Caprices

 

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NICOLÒ PAGANINI (1782–1840) 
24 Caprices op.1 
Opera 1 
1 Caprice No.1 in E: Andante 1.46 
2 Caprice No.2 in B minor: Moderato 2.41 
3 Caprice No.3 in E minor: Sostenuto – Presto 2.48 
4 Caprice No.4 in C minor: Maestoso 6.46 
5 Caprice No.5 in A minor: Agitato 2.37 
6 Caprice No.6 in G minor: Lento 5.41 
Opera 2 
7 Caprice No.7 in A minor: Posato 3.53 
8 Caprice No.8 in E flat: Maestoso 2.46 
9 Caprice No.9 in E: Allegretto 2.53 
10 Caprice No.10 in G minor: Vivace 2.08 
11 Caprice No.11 in C: Andante – Presto 4.05 
12 Caprice No.12 in A flat: Allegro 2.31 
Opera 3 
13 Caprice No.13 in B flat: Allegro 2.30 
14 Caprice No.14 in E flat: Moderato 1.51 
15 Caprice No.15 in E minor: Posato 2.37 
16 Caprice No.16 in G minor: Presto 1.30 
17 Caprice No.17 in E flat: Sostenuto – Andante 3.40 
18 Caprice No.18 in C: Corrente – Allegro 2.28 
19 Caprice No.19 in E flat: Lento – Allegro assai 3.00 
20 Caprice No.20 in D: Allegretto 4.17 
21 Caprice No.21 in A: Amoroso – Presto 3.11 
22 Caprice No.22 in F: Marcato 3.02 
23 Caprice No.23 in E flat: Posato 3.31 
24 Caprice No.24 in A minor: Tema con variazioni. Quasi presto 4.22 
Total timing: 78.04 

 

James Ehnes
Homage [CD/DVD]

 

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Violins
1 BAZZINI La Ronde des Lutins 4.54  
2-7 FALLA Suite populaire espagnole  (arr. Kochanski) 12.17
8  ELGAR La Capricieuse 4.13
9  SCOTT  Lotus Land  (arr. Kreisler) 5.00
10 DINICU Hora Staccato (arr. Heifetz )1.59
11 RAVEL Pièce en forme de Habanera 3.06
12 WIENIAWSKI Étude-Caprice (arr. Kreisler) 1.32
13 SIBELIUS Mazurka op. 81 no.1  2.36
14 MOSZKOWSKI Guitarre (arr. Sarasate) 3.23
15 ELGAR Salut d'Amour 2.57
16 KREISLER Chanson Louis XIII and Pavane 4.38
17 TCHAIKOVSKY Melody op. 42 No. 3
18 FALLA Danse Espagnole (arr. Kreisler) 3.34

Violas
19 VAUGHAN WILLIAMS "Greensleeves” 4.34
20 BENJAMIN Jamaican Rumba (arr. Primrose) 1.48
21 DAVID La Nuit  (arr. Vieuxtemps) 4.32
Bonus comparison tracks
22-30 BRUCH Scottish Fantasy (exc - all 9 violins) 9.11
31-33 BERLIOZ Harold in Italy (exc - all 3 violas)  4.20
 
Violins
Stradivari: 1709 "La Pucelle” (6,15); 1713 "Baron d'Assignies” (10,14); 1715 "Marsick” (1,11); 1715 "Baron Knoop” (7,18); 1719  "Duke of Alba” (4.13); 1733 "Sassoon” (3,16); Pietro Guarneri 1698 "Shapiro” (8,12); Guarneri del Gesù: 1737 "King Joseph” (2,9); 1742 "Lord Wilton” (5,17)
Violas
Gasparo da Salò: c.1560 (19); Andrea Guarneri 1676"Count Vitale, ex Landau” (21); Giuseppe Guadagnini: 1793 "Rolla” (20)
 
Eduard Laurel piano     
All instruments courtesy of the Fulton Collection
 
CD: 78.31 
DVD: 100 mins + extras (c30 mins)
DVD format: Region 0 (All Regions)/NTSC/Picture 16:9/ Sound LPCM Stereo 5.1 Surround  

 

James Ehnes
Elgar Violin Concerto etc

 

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SIR EDWARD ELGAR (1857-1934)
Violin Concerto in B minor op.61
Violonkonzert h-moll
Concerto pour violin en si mineur
1 I Allegro                         17.36
2 II Andante                     12.22
3 III Allegro molto             18.54
 
Serenade for strings, op. 20
Serenade pour cordes
Serenade fur Streicher
 
4 I Allegro piacevole             3.26
5 II Larghetto                      5.42
6 III Allegretto                     3.08
 
James Ehnes violin
Philharmonia Orchestra
Andrew Davis conductor
 
Total time: 61.08

Gramophone Concerto Award 2008

 

James Ehnes
Barber / Korngold / Walton

 

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KORNGOLD
Concerto for violin and orchestra in D major, op.35
 
1. I Moderato nobile   8.57
2. II Romance: Andante   8.54
3. III Finale: Allegro assai vivace   7.01
 
BARBER
Concerto for violin and orchestra, op.14
 
4. I Allegro   10.24
5. II Andante   9.17
6. III Presto in moto perpetuo   3.41
 
WALTON
Concerto for violin and orchestra
 
7. I Andante tranquillo   10.55
8. II Presto capriccioso alla napolitana   6.05
9. III Vivace   12.53
 
Total time: 78.57
 
VANCOUVER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
BRAMWELL TOVEY